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Eichel selected as Sabres' nominee for King Clancy Trophy

Award is given to player who "exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice"

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jack Eichel has been selected as the Sabres' nominee for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Wednesday. 

The trophy is awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Rob Ray won the award in 1999 for his work with Roswell Park and Children's Hospital, among other organizations. 

Upon being named captain of the Sabres, Eichel continued to further his leadership role in the community this past season. He donated a suite at KeyBank Center to local charitable organizations for all 41 home games, which included post-game meet and greets. 

Eichel also autographed more than 300 No. 15 jerseys to raise $48,000 for the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park and Best Buddies of Western New York and attended events for both organizations throughout the season. 

"You know what, I just enjoy doing that," he said in December. "You look at the situation and sometimes I just sit back and think about how lucky I am to be doing what I'm doing and playing professional hockey and playing for such a great organization. I literally think to myself, 'I wake up and come to the rink and hang out with all my buddies and play hockey,'" he said. "... It's a great way to think about it. 

"In terms of the stuff I do off the ice, I've just been trying to become as much a part of this city as I can because this city's done so much for me and welcomed me with open arms. I just want to be as influential and make as big as an impact on people outside of the rink as I do at the rink."

The three finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be announced on Tuesday, April 23 and the winner will be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 19 in Las Vegas. 

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